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29 Jul What’s on this August Bank Holiday?

For those of us who haven’t managed to book a getaway this August Bank Holiday weekend, you may be on the lookout for something fun to pass the time this long weekend.

What will the weather be like?

What will the weather be like?

Friday is expected to be a bright day with good sunny spells and some scattered showers and Saturday will be much the same, with some light to moderate breezes also.

Sunday is supposed to be a generally dry day too with just a few showers but on Bank Holiday Monday, rain will affect much of the country. Heavier rain is forecasted for the south but there should be some drier periods further north.

For a comprehensive weather forecast, check out Met Éireann before you travel.

What's On in Dublin and Leinster?

What's On in Dublin and Leinster?

There’s plenty of activity going on across the province over the Bank Holiday. Whether you’re up for a decent comedy gig, looking for quality sporting action or prefer a good family day out, there’s plenty happening around the place that will appeal to all sorts.

Don't Forget!

If you plan on travelling around Dublin City over the Bank Holiday, there are major Luas Cross City works taking place in the city centre over the few days. For full details on these closures and diversions see here.

Any good shows or gigs on over the weekend?

If you fancy good quality entertainment, then the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre is your go-to spot this weekend. One of the most beloved shows on stage comes to Ireland for the first time and takes place each night over the bank holiday from 7:30pm. If you want to bring the kids along, they’re showing matinee performances on Thursday 28th and Saturday 30th, but remember that the musical contains some strong language. Traffic delays are likely on Macken St, particularly as people head home after the show. Dublin Bus and Luas operate services within walking distance of the theatre and for more on that, head over to our website.

Feel like having a good laugh this weekend? Then look no further than the Iveagh Gardens. This weekend sees the annual Vodafone Comedy Festival descend on the beautiful surroundings of the gardens and this year’s line-up is one not to be missed. From Al Porter to PJ Gallagher and Jason Byrne to Eleanor Tiernan, there are an array of good quality stand-up comedians taking to the stage over the weekend and you’re guaranteed a lively atmosphere and a bit of a chuckle. If you’re bringing the car, the handiest carparks are Q-Park at St. Stephen’s Green, Q-Park at Setanta, Park Rite Drury St or the Brown Thomas Carpark. There are two LUAS Green Line stops close to the Iveagh Gardens and Dublin Bus and DART services run within walking distance of the venue.

Any festivals going on?

Of course there are! For a bit of variety, fun and colour The Beatyard Festival in Dun Laoghaire Harbour is a good shout. It takes place on Saturday and Sunday with gates opening at midday and the event ending at around 10:30pm both days. This festival really has everything – from food and drink to tech and the arts, you won’t be short of activities. It’s a great place to bring the kinds too if they’re getting restless with face-painting and games set to run through the two days. Thinking of heading along? Your best bet is to get the DART to Dun Laoghaire as the station is right opposite the venue.

Moving to the sunny south east and if your taste buds need a tickling this weekend, The Enniscorthy Rockin Food Festival might be what you’re looking for. It runs from Friday to Sunday. It promises to be a dynamic mix of rock ‘n’ roll and dancing with tasty tapas and delicious food thrown in for good measure.

Any sporting events taking place this weekend?

It wouldn’t be a Bank Holiday weekend without a number of exciting sporting fixtures. Dedicated GAA fans will flock to Croker this weekend, where there’s a triple header at Croke Park on Saturday. An All-Ireland MFC Quarter-Final and two SFC Round 4B Qualifiers take place. The 2pm kick-off sees Donegal take on Cork in the minor match. That’s followed by Cork and Donegal in the first senior match at 4pm. Then at 6pm, Mayo take on Westmeath. There are ample ways to get to GAA Headquarters and full details of those can be found on the AA Roadwatch website.

If you’re more into the soccer, then you may be making your way to see two great international sides go head-to-head in the International Champions Cup. It’s your chance to see the likes of Lionel Messi do his magic on our very own home turf. There are five entry routes to the stadium; at Shelbourne Rd, Lansdowne Lane, Lansdowne Rd, Herbert Rd and Bath Ave. Each ticket will be colour coded to correspond with an entry point to the stadium. Patrons must follow the route shown on their ticket.

What’s On in Munster?

What’s On in Munster?

A handful of fun, entertaining festivals come to the Munster region this bank holiday. Whether you’re a die-hard foodie, an indie fan or just looking for a decent family-orientated event, there are plenty going on. Here are just a few of the highlights.

Waterford

A fun weekend for all the family, the Waterford Spraoi Festival takes place from Friday until Sunday. Crowds of about 25,000 people are expected to come to the city for the event each day so you can expect lots of colour, vibrancy and activity throughout the few days. Street entertainment and theatre is on the menu this weekend in Waterford, with the highlight being the parade which takes place on Sunday with about 50,000 people expected to attend.

Cork

Die-hard music fans will be flocking in their thousands to the beautiful surroundings of Deer Farm in Mitchelstown, County Cork for Indiependence from Friday until Sunday. All car parks are located just off site within very short walking distance and open from 10am on Friday. This year’s festival has a stellar line-up with the likes of Editors, Bell X1, Hudson Taylor, The Blizzards and Walking on Cars all taking to the stage over the three days and if you’re heading to see any of these, the main area opens at 5pm on Friday then at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Staying in County Cork and what better way to spend the Bank Holiday than with a massive BBQ? That’s exactly what’s happening in Bantry this weekend as the Bantry BBQ Festival takes place from Saturday right through until Monday. If you’re unsure what your best route is, check out our website.

What’s On in Connacht and Ulster?

What’s On in Connacht and Ulster?

The wild west has a number of breath-taking attractions on any given day but there are extra sprinklings of fun over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Of course, the major event taking place this week has been the Galway Races. With Friday’s Fair Lady competition and family days at the racecourse on Saturday and Sunday, this weekend in Ballybrit is set to be even more enjoyable. Friday’s race card starts at 5:10pm in the evening and finishes at 8:30pm.

If you’re looking for a family day out, then Saturday or Sunday at the races are your best option. They’re the dedicated family days and children even get free entry. There will be an abundance of entertainment for the young racegoer including bouncing castles, slides and face painting. The stiles open two hours before the first race each day and you’ll find Galway Racecourse roughly 5km from the city centre, in Ballybrit on Bothar na dTreabh. For more details on what to expect from the Galway Races, check out our guide.

There are a few smaller events taking place over the bank holiday elsewhere too. In Mayo, the Annual Pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick takes place on Sunday, starting at Murrisk Abbey. East of the county then, Síamsa Sráide takes place in Swinford until Wednesday. The festival is free to attend and with both live music at night and entertainment for the family during the day it is well worth a visit.

In the northwest close to the beautiful surroundings of Malin Head in Donegal lies the beautiful village of Clonmany, where the Clonmany Festival takes place. This festival runs from Sunday until Sunday 7th. It’s a real family-orientated event with everything from raft races and cycling events to treasure hunts and talent competitions. It also has lively county music acts playing every night with even the likes of Nathan Carter, Mike Denver and Gerry Guthrie making an appearance over the eight nights.

Sharron Lynskey
Sharron.Lynskey@theaa.com